SDSU Extension

May 24 | 08:48 AM

No residue moved or furrows made from residue managers. First corn year following soybeans(22), wheat (21), soybeans(20). Dwayne says this is the field you show the banker!! Nightcrawlers are gathering surface residues over their burrow (called midens). In July, when corn is tasseling, the soil suface could be bare because of biological activity. Dont fear, the soil is protected by corn biomass above!! Soil health is great!!


May 23 | 09:39 PM

Want to learn more about building soil health on your land, while networking with like minded people? Please join us on June 16th in Rapid City for the Custer and Pennington County Soil Health and Sustainability Landowner Meeting! This outstanding event will feature valuable information and a tour of Shawn and Kristy Freeland's Dry Creek Farm and Ranch! We do ask that you RSVP to Mike Baldwin by June 2nd - (605) 673-5680. Free lunch provided!

Brice Bultje

Charles Mix County, South Dakota

May 12 | 11:00 AM

Thinking about changing plans...have rye growing and will be grazing it off soon. I was going to plant beans into it but now with the amount of hay we went through this winter looking at planting something for grazing. Would be planted the first half of June...any recommendations. Thank you

South Dakota Soil Health Coalition

May 11 | 06:34 AM

Great article by Sara Bauder on assessing Winter Wheat stands this spring. An ideal stand is 28 plants/sq ft, if your field is averaging 12-15 plants/sq ft is when you may want to consider replant options.

SDSU Extension

May 09 | 10:18 PM

What would you do? Green cover crop (winter wheat) is growing. 6 inches precip this winter. Most of the water went into the soil. Last Fall was extremely dry. April and May has been very dry. Forecast precip has not developed. Is it time to stop cc growth? Going to plant soybeans in the next 10 days. Jut interested in any comments. Thanks.

Apr 28 | 09:26 AM

I am planning on transitioning my farm to no-till and am looking for ways to ease/ speed the transition. I am wondering about using a commercial biological seed treatment. I am guessing the general sentiment here is to just use cover crops and not ill and wait for the process to work with the native microbes. Seeing what people are doing with Johnson-su compost and other products, in terms of rhizosheath formation etc, it is hard to believe it wouldn't help no-till transition. Anyone have any thoughts for or against this line of reasoning?

Bryan Anderson

42766 136th St, Webster, SD 57274, USA

Apr 21 | 10:35 PM

Just pitched a 15 foot JD 1560 that has 1590 updates using on soybeans. In the past I have planted at 12 inch spacing 180,000 seeds with a JD 9350 drill. My plan is to plant at the 7.5 spacing, what would be a recommended seed rate?

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Apr 17 | 01:34 PM

Check out the Grazing Exchange if you need grazing acres or custom livestock. Hope you have a great 2023!


Apr 12 | 10:16 PM

Good information on salinity issues.